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Important info all RMOs should know 


The recruitment process for NZ and overseas applicants is the same. You can apply directly to the CDHB, you don't need to apply through a recruitment agency!


Contact our Resident Doctor Recruitment Specialist to find out all you need to know and provide assistance with your application, medical council registration, relocation, and settlement:


Hayley Milne

Resident Doctor Recruitment Coordinator

e: Hayley.Milne@cdhb.health.nz


To become a CDHB RMO you must be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of NZ under the General or Provisional General Scope of Practice. Visit: www.mcnz.org.nz for more details.





The CDHB employs over 400 RMOs - House Officers and Registrars at all levels of training.


RMOs working here consistently achieve a very high success rate in their professional College examinations. 


In NZ the term SHO refers to a House Officer in their third year or beyond. At CDHB all levels of House Officers are referred to as 'House Officers'.


House Officers beyond year one and Registrars, can join us through our Annual Recruitment or by applying for one of the positions advertised throughout the year.





The NZ medical year runs from:

Dec - Dec for Registrars

Nov - Nov for House Officers


For most House Officer positions the year is divided into four x 3 month quarters. 

Registrars rotate either 4 or 6 monthly. 


First Year House Officers

First year House Officer applicants need to apply through ACE (The Advanced Choice of Employment). This scheme is a national internship matching process to appoint first year House Officers (Post Graduate Year One's) throughout New Zealand.


The ACE matching scheme is coordinated nationally for all of the District Health Board (DHBs) in New Zealand and runs alongside DHB annual recruitment processes for RMOs. All applicants wishing to apply for a first year House Officer position in New Zealand at the beginning of the training year must apply through the ACE scheme. Please see the ACE website for further information - http://rmo.acenz.net.nz/







Annual Recruitment


Annual Recruitment for the 2016/2017 Medical Year is now closed

All Annual Recruitment for the 2017/2018 Medical Year opens on April/May 2017 (TBC)


Closing date for applications is May 2017 (TBC)


Don't want to miss the date?

Visitcdhb.careercentre.net.nz to register your details, and set up a job alert so you are notified as soon as Annual Recruitment opens!


After applications open you can make your application online here.


To apply you will need electronic copies of your:

  • CV
  • Covering Letter
  • Current medical registration certificate
  • Certified copies of two forms of photo ID

If you have any problems completing your application contact: Hayley.Milne@cdhb.health.nz


You will be notified of the outcome of your

application by:
July 2017 - Registrars

August 2017 - House Officers













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